Tottenham remain the youngest side in the Barclay’s Premier League at 24.7, followed by Newcastle United (now 25.7), Liverpool (25.8), Manchester United (26.3), West Ham United (26.5) and Aston Villa (now 26.7). West Bromwich Albion are still the oldest at 29.2, followed by Manchester City (28.5), Bournemouth (28.4), Watford (28.3), Norwich City (28.1) and Sunderland (28.0).
The number of injured players on the Injury League Table increased to 97 from 81 last week. Newcastle United again lead the number of injured players with 12 this week, as well as remain the Injury League leaders, with a total of 113 man-weeks for the season – now 19 clear of second place Everton.
Significant increases to injury age are:
- Swansea City (25.6->26) – Continued injury to Wayne Routledge (30.8, Calf/shin).
- Chelsea (26.1->26.4) – Return of Diego Costa (27.1, Rib); Continued injuries to Thibaut Courtois (23.5, Knee), Branislav Ivanović (31.7, Hamstring) and Pedro Rodriguez (28.3, Knock); New injury to Radamel Falcao (29.7, Muscular).
- Southampton (26.2->26.3) – Continued injuries to Fraser Forster (27.6, Knee), Florin Gardoș (27.0, Knee), Shane Long (28.8, Ankle/foot) and Jay Rodriguez (26.3, Ankle/foot); New injury to José Fonte (31.9, Hamstring).
Significant decreases to injury age are:
- Manchester United (25.1->24.7) – Continued injuries to Patrick McNair (20.5, Ab strain), Luke Shaw (20.3, Broken leg) and Antonio Valencia (30.3, Ankle/foot); New injuries to Memphis Depay (21.7, Knock) and James Wilson (19.9, Knock).
- Arsenal (28.1->27.9) – Continued injuries to Mikel Arteta (33.6, Ankle/foot), David Ospina (27.2, Shoulder), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (22.2, Hamstring), Aaron Ramsey (24.9, Hamstring), Tomáš Rosický (35.1, Knee), Theo Walcott (26.6, Calf strain), Danny Welbeck (24.9, Knee) and Jack Wilshere (23.8, Calf/shin); New injury to Héctor Bellerín (20.6, Groin strain).
The statistics are compiled as follows: The average age of each team as weighted by playing time is shown along the horizontal axis. The average age of each injured player comprising the Premier League Injury Table is shown along the vertical axis. The value in the current Premier League Injury Table is used for the relative size of each bubble.
All statistics are inclusive of Barclay’s Premier League matches through 02 Nov, with injuries reported via The Physio Room thru 17.40 BST on 03 Nov.
* Note: West Bromwich Albion still have an injury age average (31.6), which is outside the chart range and therefore not represented on the chart above.
The Premier League Injury Table can be found here, as well as in the sidebar.